Sunday, January 26, 2014

No. 828: Development race of the automatic braking system is intensifying (January 26, 2014)

Honda developed an antipersonnel brake system to stop a vehicle traveling at 60 km/h automatically for the first time in the world. Honda’s automatic braking system is equipped with a high-precision system that detects a pedestrian. Using a milimeter wave radar and high-resolution camera, it identifies a pedestrian precisely at an earlier stage and activates the brake. Honda plans to install the new automatic braking system on its high-end sedan Legend within the year.

Toyota plans to develop a new automatic braking system for its fleet cars toward 2015 based on the automatic braking system introduced to its high-end sedan Lexus LS that activates at 40 km/h. The new braking system alone will be less than 100,000 yen and come with other safety functions for about one million yen. It wishes to upgrade system to make it activate at 70 km/h in the late 2010s. Fuji Heavy will upgrade its automatic braking system Eyesight to make it activate at 50 km/h to its sports wagon Levorg scheduled to be launched coming May. A Levorg will be available for about 100,000 yen.

Decreased prices of necessary parts greatly motivate the development of automatic braking systems. The price of an image processor is now one quarter of the price in two years ago. In addition, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) supports the development of the automatic braking system. It is scheduled to lay down the evaluation system of the automatic braking system in three grades in 2014. The MLIT will supposedly publish the outline of the evaluation system coming March. Automakers will be able to put the evaluation results on the brochures of their vehicles to make an appeal to consumers. It reckons that the number of pedestrians killed by a traffic accident will decrease 30% if all vehicles travelling inside the country are equipped with an automatic braking system.

 Try to experience an automatic braking system

   Toyota introduces its automatic braking system 
to its fleet cars beginning in 2015

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